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100% Syrah (early 1980s-early 1990s) from geniss, granite soils, destemmed, 28-32 day concrete vat vinification, cap punching, aged 70% concrete vat, 30% 2-3 year 600-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, filtered, organic wine, 8-15,000 b

2018

dark red; the bouquet has a savoury nature, a ripe charge of black fruits, perfumed flowers, nutshells. The palate gives in the moment red fruits, raspberry and plum flavours with supple tannins; it finishes with a ball of juiced richness, is easy to drink, a country wine suited to country dishes, with agreeable perfume threaded through it. 14°. 8,624 b. €22.50. Bottled 6 Nov 2019. From spring 2020. 2028-30 Nov 2019

2017 ()

dark, full red. The nose displays sweet-toned red fruit, raspberry, hovers between coulis and jam thanks to its ripeness. It’s a plump start. The palate eases along on gentle red berry fruits with a cut of seashore, iodine in the second half, a cool, mineral aspect on the late moments. This drinks openly now, has authentic southern sector St Jo qualities. The finish brings in powdered tannins. It is bottled already. From spring 2019 for a touch more fusion on the end. 13.5°. 2029-31 Dec 2018

2014 ()

(vat/casks) dark red. The nose is broad, expansive, offers a jolly, quite sweet aroma of crushed berries, mulled black fruits. The palate is smooth and enjoyable; there is a note of oak along its sides. The fruit quality is high, is pure and supple. The potential is for a free drinking, up-tempo wine. There is a low-key tannic crunch on the finish. 13°. From 2017. 2021-22  Oct 2015

2013

(vat/casks) quite a dark red. Has an aroma of mulled berries, a southern sector roundness, a drift of raspberry. It isn’t an especially deep nose, but is OK. This carries stewed red berries in its flavour, with a few quite crunchy tannins towards the finish. It ends on a fine grain sign-off. Sound depth, a few sweet notes, and pretty ready now. 13°. €18 ex cellars. 15,000 b. To 2019.  Jan 2015

2012

(vat/casks) purple, dark robe. Liberal splashes of black berry fruit feature on the nose, which has inky notes and light airs of nutshells, with licorice here and there; the fruit is well-presented. The nose is direct. The palate offers black cherry, mulberry fruit, with a black coffee, crunchy quality late on, some dusty infusion from the tannins. Very drinkable, good and racy fruit here for a very good w.o.w. wine to take on the up. The fruit sustains well. 13°. 2019  Nov 2013